A DISPUTE with former business partners led to a Lochgelly man sending threatening messages via social media.

Craig McKay threatened to “destroy” two ex-colleagues following a business fall-out.

As a result, McKay, 35, of Paxton Crescent, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that between December 18-24, at Bruce Street, Dunfermline, he engaged in a course of conduct which caused his former colleagues fear or alarm by repeatedly sending them abusive, threatening and sexually-offensive social media messages.

Depute fiscal Rebecca Clark said: “The accused had been involved in a barber business with a friend and the friend’s wife. They fell out and there is an ongoing civil action about the franchise.”

McKay had sent messages saying he was going to report his two ex-colleagues “to the police, the fiscal and the council,” added the depute.

The messages included: “I’m going to destroy you both” and “2019 is not going to go well for you”.

Sheriff Chris Shead called for reports and McKay will be sentenced on February 20.